Is this a “real” church?
Absolutely! The Bikers’ Church was planted with the support of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), a denomination that has been in existence for over 80 years! John, The Bikers’ Church Lead Pastor, is ordained with the PAOC.
Now, while we most certainly are a “real” church, we are anything but a “typical” or “traditional” church. We believe that church should be a place of discovery and openness. A place where we can learn together.
What does The Bikers’ Church believe?
Well, officially, The Bikers’ Church has an evangelical foundation. We like how the Apostle’s Creed lays out an overall view of the Bible’s major teachings. This creed, while over 1500 years old, is still very relevant as a core belief system.
At the same time, we welcome people with many varied points of view. All we ask of everyone who attends is that they show respect for the opinions of others. It doesn’t mean that we will always agree with one another, but we do recognize that as we move along on our spiritual journey, there are certainly things we can learn from each other.
Well, that doesn’t help … what the heck is the Apostle’s Creed?
Good point. Okay, here it is:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Is there a dress code?
Bring your best suit and tie (we’re always looking for things to throw in the bonfire)! Seriously, people come as they are. The most common form of attire is jeans and a t-shirt.
Is everything you do “churchy”?
We hope that NOTHING we do is “churchy”, but we’ll let that one go and just answer the question! We do all kinds of events that simply focus on making the motorcycle community better.
During the riding season we help out with as many of the local bike events as possible doing bike rodeo games for different groups, hosting bike rides for other groups, etc. On top of all this (boy, we sure are busy!!), we also host our own events. Every Spring we host the SWAP MEET, where we invite local groups and vendors to come either promote or sell parts.
Do you have a service on Sunday?
Are you kidding me? We’re out riding on Sunday!!
Seriously, we do offer a more family orientated service on Sunday know as the Family Service.
Do you have to own a motorcycle to attend?
Of course not! The Bikers’ Church is open to anyone who is looking for a relaxed place to work out their spiritual journey. A few of our regulars do not have motorcycles.
Having said that, we are a bikers’ church. Obviously our focus is the motorcycle community. Anyone who attends should remember that, and not get frustrated when we are always promoting motorcycle events.
Is Bikers’ Church a “Harley” or “Cruiser” thing?
Nope. Although some perceive it to be, the reality is we have people from every background, riding every type of motorcycle attending our meetings. In fact, we are very big on our belief that it really doesn’t matter what you ride.
One of our walls is covered with the logos of all the popular brands of motorcycles. In the middle of the wall we have a Bible verse taken from Galatians 3:28 that says: “At Bikers’ Church there can be no division into Harley or metric, sport bike or cruiser, hardcore or weekend rider. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all on a common spiritual journey to discover God’s grace through Jesus Christ.” (You don’t think that’s what the Bible verse says? Look it up! Okay, we may have paraphrased it a little! We call it the “BCP – Bikers’ Church Paraphrase”).
If you’re not a “Harley” church, why are your colours black and orange?
What would you prefer, black and pink? (Don’t answer that!). Yes, our room – and logo – are designed in the traditional Harley black and orange, but there’s no “hidden” reason behind that. We just went with those colours. And, after all the shirts, patches, letterhead, etc., that we’ve printed, it’s just easier to stay with those colours.
What do you mean by “At Bikers’ Church you belong by just showing up!”?
Let’s break that saying into to parts.
At the Bikers’ Church you belong just by showing up … We really try to live by that truth. We want every person who shows up at our meetings to feel like they belong. Let me change that … we don’t want people to just feel like they belong, we want them to belong! We strive to accept every person who wants to hang with us. Whether you are a full patch club member or a “regular joe”, we want this to be a place where you can put your guard down and just belong.
We do have a membership process for those who want to be a part of the decision making of The Bikers’ Church (see our Manifesto), we keep it very low-key.
The Bikers’ Church is an evangelical, protestant church. As such, we hold to the same core values and beliefs as any other evangelical, protestant church. Again, the Bikers’ Church Manifesto states very clearly what those core beliefs are, so if you’re curious, take a peak at it.
We recognize that even within Christianity there are a wide-range of beliefs and opinions. While we stand strong on the core beliefs, we are eager to discover the various thoughts on everything else. No one – and no single church – has all the answers. Why pretend we do?